Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) courses

We teach professional students in College of Veterinary Medicine, embracing active learning to engage fundamental topics in physiology, pharmacology, anatomy, and infectious disease biology.

Please see DVM Course Catalog for the full list of DVM program course descriptions and curriculum.

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CVM 6000-6919 courses

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CVM 6008 - Integrated biochemistry and physiology

Integrated biochemistry and physiology

Offered: Fall
Description: Fundamental principles of animal metabolism and physiology, including the function of cells, skeletal muscle, heart and vascular system, gastrointestinal tract, and nervous system.

CVM 6493 - Medical terminology

Medical terminology

Offered: Fall
Description: This course is intended for first year DVM students.  We will use a system approach to the study of Medical Terminology. Essential word parts and terms will be presented in the context of basic anatomy, physiology, and disease conditions giving students tools to immediately apply new terminology to practical clinical situations. Most of the course requirements will be completed independently, and assessment will be through online quizzes, worksheets, crossword puzzles and case studies. Self-motivation will be necessary to be successful in the course.  The instructors will do their best to make the material interesting, to connect the content you will learn in other courses (especially Anatomy and Physiology) and to focus on generalized patterns and ways of learning and using medical terminology.

CVM 6900 - Microscopic anatomy I

Microscopic anatomy I

Offered: Fall
Description: Introduces microscopic and ultrastructural morphology of cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems.

CVM 6903 - Anatomy I (Carnivore anatomy)

Anatomy I (Carnivore anatomy)

Offered: Fall
Description: Gross and developmental anatomy of domesticated mammals, includes a carnivore dissection (using the dog as a model with comparative features of the cat).

CVM 6906 - Critical scientific reading

Critical scientific reading

Offered: Fall
Description: Introduces critical analysis and review of scientific literature, statistical analysis, and evidence-based medicine.

CVM 6908 - Anatomy II (Ungulate anatomy)

Anatomy II (Ungulate anatomy)

Offered: Spring
Description: Gross and developmental anatomy of domesticated mammals; includes an ungulate dissection (focuses on the horse with emphasis on clinically important aspects of ruminant and swine anatomy).

CVM 6910 - Physiology II

Physiology II

Offered: Spring
Description: This course provides a knowledge base of key concepts related to endocrinology, reproductive, urinary and respiratory medicine necessary for understanding clinical diagnosis and treatment in future related disciplines and in the clinic.

CVM 6911 - Veterinary immunology (Host defenses)

Veterinary immunology (Host defenses)

Offered: Fall
Description: Introduces immunology, including innate and adaptive immunity and cells and molecules involved in protection against infectious agents and cancers; an overview of antibody-antigen-based testing and immune-mediated disease

CVM 6913 - Agents of disease I

Agents of disease I

Offered: Spring
Description: Virology, bacteriology, and parasitology of common domestic species.

CVM 6918 - Veterinary pharmacology I

Veterinary pharmacology I

Offered: Fall
Description: Principles of pharmacokinetics as applied to the use of antimicrobials and other drugs in animal patients; clinical pharmacology of antibacterial, antifungal, and antiparasitic drugs; principles of pharmacodynamics and adverse drug reactions; and pharmacology of drugs affecting the autonomic nervous system and the medically-important target organs it innervates.

CVM 6920-6999 courses

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CVM 6924 - Small animal medicine I

Small animal medicine I

Offered: Fall
Description: Pathophysiology, clinical presentation, diagnostic approach, therapeutic options, management protocol of common/important hematologic, immunologic, infectious diseases of dogs/cats.

CVM 6925 - Veterinary clinical diagnostic laboratory

Veterinary clinical diagnostic laboratory

Offered: Fall
Description: Hands-on diagnostic laboratory, including sample- handling, parasitology, microbiology, urinalysis, and serologic testing.

CVM 6926 - Small animal medicine II

Small animal medicine II

Offered: Spring
Description: Pathophysiology, clinical presentation, diagnostic approach, therapeutic options, and prognosis of dental, gastrointestinal, hepatic, urinary and endocrine diseases of dogs and cats.

CVM 6936 - Microscopic anatomy II

Microscopic anatomy II

Offered: Spring
Description: Microscopic Anatomy II is focused on the study of the functional (microscopic) morphology of the organs within the specialized connective tissue, endocrine, reproductive, renal and respiratory systems.  This course represents an extension of what you already know about the microanatomy of cells, tissues and organs (Microscopic Anatomy I).  Knowledge gained within this course has been synchronized with your study of these same organ systems in physiology, is needed to understand changes which occur with disease (pathology) and utilized often within a clinical practice context e.g., the initial analysis of fine needle aspirates of masses.

CVM 6937 - Veterinary pharmacology II

Veterinary pharmacology II

Offered: Spring
Description: Pharmacology of drugs affecting the urinary and digestive systems, pharmacological alleviation of inflammation and pain in animal patients.

CVM 6954 - Small animal medicine III

Small animal medicine III

Offered: Fall
Description: Pathophysiology, clinical presentation, diagnostic approach, therapeutic options and management protocols, and prognosis of cardiopulmonary, neurologic and neoplastic diseases of dogs and cats.

CVM 6966 - Applied small ruminant and camelid practice

Applied small ruminant and camelid practice

Offered: Spring
Description: This course will build upon previously taught core material and will focus on diagnosing, treating, and preventing common problems seen in routine veterinary practice with sheep, goats, and camelids. This course will be a prerequisite for 4th year Small Ruminant rotation, unless instructor permission is given.

CVM 6969 - Large animal medicine III

Large animal medicine III

Offered: Fall
Description: Course addresses common medical disorders of the large animal neurological, muscular, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems, as well as core medical problems of swine. It will provide part of the large animal clinical content needed to pass the National Board Examination, as well as foundation knowledge for subsequent large animal elective courses.

CVM 6974 - Veterinary toxicology

Veterinary toxicology

Offered: Fall
Description: Mechanisms by which common toxicants encountered in residential, natural, and agricultural or industrial settings exert their deleterious effects in animals; approaches to treating common toxicoses from toxicant exposure.

CVM 6991 - Small animal clinics rotation

Small animal clinics rotation

Offered: Summer

CVM 6992 - Veterinary genetics

Veterinary genetics and genomics

Offered: Spring
Description: This course integrates principles of genetics and genomics, with the goals of illustrating how an understanding of these molecular biosciences enables a better understanding of the many mechanisms at play in animal health and disease. This is also a building block course to which much of the curriculum connects. Natural extensions of the knowledge gained in this course include the molecular basis for cell and tissue structure and function in biochemistry and physiology, reproductive biology, and numerous downstream connections to pathology, oncology, and medicine.